Thursday, August 18, 2011

Several dead after an attack on a bus in southern Israel

At least five people were killed and 25 injured in a series of attacks in southern Israel, as reported by the Israeli emergency service. A group of men opened fire on two bus lines near the city of Eilat, close to the Egyptian border. Among the victims were soldiers traveling in vehicles attacked. Israel's military have killed at least three of the attackers, as reported by the online edition of the newspaper Hareetz.

According to security sources quoted by the AFP, the shooting could have been made since the Sinai Peninsula on the Egyptian side of the border. However, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, has said that "terrorist acts" originated in Gaza that "Israel will respond with force." Barak added that the attack "shows the weakness of the Egyptian Sinai and control the scope of activities of terrorist operatives." So far no group has claimed attacks.

Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty in 1979. After the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian government was authorized to increase the security deployment in the Sinai desert.

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